# ELEMENTARY_ALGEBRA_SYLLABUS

# DSPM 0800

ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA

SYLLABUS AND STUDENT RULES

__I. Course Description__

An introduction to algebra course. Topics include the
fundamental operations of real numbers ,

polynomials, exponents, factoring, ratio, proportion, linear equations and
applications, single

variable inequalities, evaluating algebraic expressions, solving quadratic
equations by factoring

and introduction to graphing. Prerequisite: DSPM 0700 or equivalent skills .

__II. Course Outcomes__

Upon successful completion of this course, the student
should be able to:

1. Simplify expressions using multiple algebraic operations.

2. Solve linear equations and simple quadratic equations by factoring.

3. Solve application/word problems using linear equations.

4. Graph linear equations in two variables by using the X and Y intercepts.

5. Factor polynomials completely.

6. Apply use of calculator in multiple algebraic topics – expressions,
equations, graphing

linear equations, scientific notation.

**Topics**

· Fractions

· Exponents, Order of Operations , and Inequality

· Variables, Expressions, and Equations

· Real Numbers & Number Line

· Adding and Subtracting Real Numbers

· Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers

· Summary Exercises on Operations with Real Numbers (Optional)

· Properties of Real Numbers

· Simplifying Expressions

· The Addition Property of Equality

· The Multiplication Property of Equality

· More on Solving Linear Equations

· Summary Exercises on Solving Linear Equations (Optional)

· An Introduction to Applications of Linear Equations

· Formulas and Applications from Geometry

· Ratios and Proportions

· More about Problem Solving: Percent, Interest, and Money

· More about Problem Solving: Distance, Rate, and Time

· Solving Linear Inequalities

· Reading Graphs: Linear Equations in Two Variables

· The Product Rule and the Power Rules for Exponents

· Integer Exponents and the Quotient Rule

· Summary Exercises on the Rules for Exponents (Optional)

· An Application of Exponents: Scientific Notation

· Adding and Subtracting Polynomials

· Multiplying Polynomials

· Special Products

· Dividing Polynomials

· The Greatest Common Factor and Factor by Grouping

· Factoring Trinomials

· More on Factoring Trinomials

· Special Factoring Rules

· Summary Exercises Factoring (Optional)

· Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring

## III. Required Materials

__Students must check with the instructor before
purchasing any materials.__

Required for classroom: textbook, __Beginning and
Intermediate Algebra__ , 4th Edition by Lial,

Hornsby, and McGinnis, with MyMathLab access. Publisher: Pearson, ISBN
0-321-50722-3,

available in the NSCC bookstore.

Calculator: Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus. TI-89 or comparable calculators are
not allowed.

The DSPM 0800 review packet is also required for this course and is available in
the NSCC

bookstore or by downloading from ww2.nscc.edu/dspm.

Recommended Item for classroom:

Student Solutions Manual for Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, 4th Edition
Publisher: Pearson,

ISBN 0-321-44954-1.

-OR-

Optional:required MyMathLab access separately,
ISBN-0321119991X,

Optional: required textbook separately ISBN-0-321- 44233-4).

Required for New Web Class: My Math Lab Access Code (ISBN
032119991X)

Strongly Recommended for New Web Class: __Beginning & Intermediate Algebra__
with MyMath

Lab access code (ISBN 0321507223)

__IV. Course Requirements__

In order to receive credit for this course, the student
must:

A. Attend class regularly.

B. Complete the homework assignments.

C. Have a final average of 70 or more.

D. Complete three (3) unit tests and a comprehensive final exam

__V. Grading__

**On-campus courses:**

Grades for on-campus courses will be based on unit tests, homework, and a final
exam as follows:

Unit tests 60%

Homework 15% (procedure to be announced by instructor)

Final Exam (comprehensive) 25%

**Note**: Points may be deducted from the final average for more than three
absences

(3 classroom hours).

**Web courses:**

Grades for this course will be based on unit tests, discussions, homework, and
the final exam as

follows:

Tests--50%

Discussions (Introduce Yourself, Summary and Reflections)--10%

Homework--15%

Final Exam (comprehensive)--25%

**Grading Scale:**

A 90-100

B 80-89

C 70-79

F 0-69

X Continuation Grade-See below for criteria

1. Must be first attempt (no W, F, X, or WF grades on record)

2. Must have completed all requirements (homework, all three unit tests, & final
exam)

3. Attendance record must not be in violation of stated attendance policy

4. Overall average must in the "D" range (59.5-69.5)

WF It is mandatory that an instructor issue a student a withdrawal/failing grade
if the

student misses class for two (2) consecutive weeks ** without**
contacting the instructor.

__VI. Policies__

**Attendance:**

A. Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.

B. A maximum of three absences (3 classroom hours) is allowed with no direct
effect on the

final grade. Each hour of absence over this number will lower the student's
final average by

one point for each hour of absence. __Students will be dismissed from class
with a WF
grade after missing the sixth classroom hour.__

C. Any test or assigned homework missed due to absence must be made up within one week

of the student's return to class.

D. Tardies will be recorded and will lower the course grade. Guidelines will be announced by

the instructor.

**Makeup Tests:**Students who miss a scheduled unit test must make up the test in the Testing

Center within two days of returning to class. Ten points

__deducted from the final score of the__

**will be**makeup test taken

__after__the assigned test day. Makeup tests are to be taken in the Testing Center in

the Library, K-158 (353-3564).

**Other:**Any changes in course sections must be made before the second class meeting. Students will

be allowed only into sections with open seats and with the instructor/coordinator approval.

Students who want to drop to a lower level mathematics course must make the request for

consideration before the second class meeting and will only be allowed into lower level sections with

open seats. Approvals by the instructor and the mathematics’ coordinator are required.

__VII. Instructor Information__

Record the following information concerning the course
instructor.

Name: ______________________________ Email: ___________________________

Office Number: ____________________ Office Phone: _____________________

Office Hours: _________________________________________________________________

**Nashville State complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you wish
to request any
accommodation(s) for this class, please notify the Student Disability Services’
Coordinator and the
instructor as soon as possible. The phone number is 353-3721.**

**Nashville State Community College has a zero tolerance
policy for disruptive conduct in the
classroom. Students whose behavior disrupts the classroom will be subject to
disciplinary sanctions.**

The instructor has primary responsibility for control over classroom behavior and maintenance of academic

integrity. He/she can order

__temporary__removal or exclusion from the classroom of and student engaged in

disruptive conduct or in conduct which violates the general rules and regulations of the College.

Disruptive behavior in the classroom may be defined as,but
is not limited to,behavior that obstructs or disrupts

the learning environment(e.g.,offensive language,harassment of students and
professors,repeated outbursts

from a student which disrupt the flow of instruction or prevent concentration on
the subject taught,failure to

cooperate in maintaining classroom decorum,etc.),the continued use of any
electronic or other noise or light

emitting device which disturbs others (e.g.,disturbing noises from beepers, cell
phones, palm pilots, lap-top

computers,ganes,etc.)

** Academic Dishonesty** (

**Honor Code**)

Any form of academic dishonesty,cheating,plagiarizing, or
other academic misconduct is prohibited."Plagiarism

may result from: (1) failing to cite quotations and borrowed ideas,(2) failing
to enclose borrowed language in

quotation marks, and (3) failing to put summaries and paraphrases in your own
words"(A Writer´s Reference 331).

Academic dishonesty may be defined as, but
is not limited to, intentionally trying to deceive by claiming credit for

the work of another person, using information from a web page or source without
citing the reference, fraudulently

using someone else´s work on
an exam, paper, or assignment, recycling your own work from another course,

purchasing papers or materials from another source and presenting them as your
own, attempting to obtain

exams/materials/assignments in advance of the date of administration by the
instructor, impersonating someone

else in a testing situation, providing confidential test information to someone
else, submitting the same assignment

in two different classes without requesting both instructor´s permission,
allowing someone else to copy or use your

work,using someone else´s work to complete your own, altering documents,
transcripts or grades, and forging a

faculty/staff member´s signature.

**In addition to other possible
disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed through regular college
procedures as a result of academic dishonesty the instructor has the authority
to assign an"F"or a
"Zero"for the exercise, paper, or examination or to assign an "F" for the
course.
**

NOTE: This syllabus is meant simply as a guide and overview of the course, the topics, the objectives, the general

assessments, and some standard college policies. Some items are subject to change or revision at the instructor’s

discretion. Each instructor will further clarify their criteria for grading, classroom procedures, attendance, exams and

dates, etc.

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